Norv Turner Named Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2013

The Cleveland Browns have hired former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner to be their new offensive coordinator, according to Browns PR man Dan Murphy.

The #Browns have named Norv Turner as Offensive Coordinator

— Dan Murphy (@DMurph_BrownsPR) January 17, 2013

This isn't necessarily a surprising development, as Turner has been linked to the Browns for several days. After Cleveland hired former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, the team immediately set its sights on Turner (h/t Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer).

Chudzinski had previously worked under Turner in San Diego. While Turner was the head coach, Chudzinski served as the Chargers assistant head coach/tight ends coach in 2009-10.

Now, it will be Turner who is serving under Chudzinski.

The 60-year-old Turner was fired by the Chargers on Dec. 31 after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. San Diego finished the year at 7-9, dropping his overall record with the team to 56-40.

Turner started out hot as the Chargers head coach, leading them to the AFC championship game in his first season with the team.

Unfortunately, San Diego regressed in recent years. After making the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, the Chargers posted a 24-24 record in Turner's final three years without a playoff appearance.

Turner has also served as the head coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-2000) and Oakland Raiders (2004-2005). His career record is 114-122-1.

Despite his struggles as a head coach, Turner is regarded as one of the brightest offensive minds in football.

He served as the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys from 1991 to 1993, when the Cowboys won two Super Bowls.